Manchester United winning streak came to an end on Sunday as Southampton defeated the Red Devil by 1-0 at the Old Trafford.
The Red Devils showed their worst performance at home as they couldn’t even score a single shot at the oppositions target, Van Gaal’s decision to drop Falcao went totally wrong as Di Maria who was deployed as the second striker failed to impress.
Jose Mourinho’s side avenged their previous defeat to Newcastle in December as strikes from Diego Costa and Oscar helped Chelsea to grab all the three points comfortably and maintain their position on the top of the Premier League. Manchester City who were exactly equal with Chelsea sharing the same spot in the table were disappointed as they were held by Everton in a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool also comfortably won there fixture against Sunderland, coach Brandon Rogers gave rest to Raheem Sterling as the Englishman, who has developed coming out from youth ranks to an England international had a hectic schedule and required a rest after playing constantly from past 18 months.
Mesut Ozil returned after being side-lined for near three months due to injury to feature for Arsenal as they hosted Stoke City on Sunday. But the star of the match was Chile international Alexis Sanchez who led the Gunners by his brilliant athelitism and helped Arsene Wenger’s side to win comfortably by 3-0. Meanwhile Alan Pardew also won his first game as in charge for Crystal Palace as they came from behind to defeat Tottenham Spurs by 2-1.
After each round of English Premeier League Sportzwiki selects carefully and brings you its team of the week. And here is Sportzwiki’s EPL XI of week 21.
GK – Petr Cech (CHELSEA)
This weekend we had three choices to choose from. David Ospina featured for Arsenal since Wojciech Szczesny was dropped by Wenger as punishment because of his smoking and Ospina made use of this opportunity by saving a clean sheet. Meanwhile Ben Foster also kept a clean sheet for the first team since 13 December as Tony Pulis won his first game as West Brom’s manager. Chelsea’s Petr Cech who hasn’t been given the same playing time like since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois, got a rare start on Sunday against Newcastle as the new No 1 for the Blues was injured and the Czech international showed no sign of negligence as he made some very crucial and brilliant saves to keep a clean sheet and is therefore included in Sportzwiki’s EPL XI of week 21.
DEF – Paul Konchesky (Leicester)
The Leicester City defender showed brilliant skills from his left boot as he scored a sublime first goal for the club on the weekend. Konchesky was shown a red card against Villa in December and took the revenge by not only scoring a goal but showing a brilliant all round play.
DEF – Jose Fonte (Southampton)
Fonte is player who not only plays with his head but also with his heart. The Portuguese player showed world class defending by holding the likes of Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie as Manchester United couldn’t even take one shot on Saints goal. He was undoubtedly the most relaxed person on the pitch and organized Southampton’s defence without a flaw which helped the team to register a win at Old Trafford and replace them on the 3rd spot in Premier League.
DEF – Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Koscielny has always played quite astonishing whenever playing in the heart of the Gunners defense alongside Per Mertesacker. Laurent showed the same astonishing form on Sunday as the Frenchman not only was effective in the back but also scored a goal and proved his abilites to score in times by going forward.
DEF – Carl Jenkinson (West Ham)
Jenkinson did his best in the back as West Ham were held to draw against Swansea this weekend. The full back was outstanding on Saturday as he did a wonderful tackle to stop Wayne Routledge in his tracks and also went ahead to attack. Carl took a hard shot that hit the post hard and was grabbed by Fabianski. He was the best player on the pitch against Swans.
MID – Lazar Markovic (Liverpool)
Markovic showed his best performance for the Reds on Sunday since his arrival from Benfica. The Serb displayed some amazing performances against Sunderland and scored the winning goal for Liverpool.
MID – Oscar (Chelsea)
Oscar has been one of the constant performers for Chelsea this season and he had an instrumental role on Blues victory against Newcastle on Sunday. The 23 year old scored a goal and assisted the second for Diego Costa helping the Blues to maintain their position on the top of the League.
MID: Scott Arfield (Burnley)
Burnely won their match against Queen Park Rangers by 2-1 and it was Arfield goals which boosted the confidence of Sean Dyche’s side. The 26 year old scored a terrific goal against QPR and Burnley’s manager Dyche was so much impressed by the Scot’s strike that he went on to compare his goal to the likes of what Alexis Sanchez can produce.
ATT – Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Carroll’s goal against Swansea is the goal of the week, the former Liverpool player was brilliant against Swansea and he gave his team lead by the thunderous strike. The finish was totally top class as he cracked the ball with his left foot straight into the goal. Even though Carroll’s goal wasn’t enough to help West Ham manage a win but he was outstanding against Swansea.
ATT – Danny Ings (Burnley)
The 22 year England international is one of the best young talents in the Premier League. Ings capability to go around the defence has caused some serious problem for defenders in the League and he showed the same against QPR as he scored the winning goal for Burnley against Rangers after beating Richard Dunne and Caulker.
ATT – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Sanchez is probably the best signing of Premier League this season. The Chilean proved his worth as he delivered an all-round performance against Stoke, by scoring not only two goals but also contributing in the third as it was his assist which Laurent converted. Alexis has showed consistent form since his arrival and has adapted wonderfully to the Premier League in short time.